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New Research Studentship in Nanoparticle Drug Delivery

The Department of Engineering Science has appointed Dr Phillip Alexander to the new position of DPhil Student in nanoparticle drug delivery at the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME). This has been made possible with generous support from Mr Nigel Jones and Mrs Françoise Valat-Jones.

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Engineering Science Graduate receives International Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Sana Fathima, a second year DPhil student at the Department of Engineering Science (based at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering) and Hertford College, was recently awarded a 2011 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The award of approximately £6,300 will support Sana’s travelling expenses to international conferences.

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Ray O’Rourke is honoured for services to construction

Following the announcement in January of the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering at the University of Oxford, we are delighted to report that two honours have been bestowed on Ray O’Rourke, Chairman and Chief Executive of Laing O’Rourke.

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Sixth formers get a taste for Engineering Science

Since 1997, Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science has been staging its Headstart course, a residential programme of engineering science activities aimed at sixth formers from all over the UK. For the first time this year, with sponsorship from international construction company, Laing O’Rourke, the Department was able to enhance its Headstart course literature, include visits to construction sites in Oxford and hold a gala dinner at Hertford College.

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Blood Pressure Project Wins Top Engineering World Health Award

Congratulations to the Department’s Engineering World Health Oxford Team, at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, which has won first prize in the annual Engineering World Health Design Competition for its Blood Pressure project. The competition, launched in 2009, is unique in being directed at the needs of developing country health care.

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Prestigious John Bush Award won by Dr Ingo Jahn

Dr Ingo Jahn was recently awarded the John Bush Award for his contributions to advanced seals. The John Bush Award recognises and encourages engineers in the early part of their careers who have made an outstanding technical contribution of value to Rolls-Royce.

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Daniel Mulvihill wins Young Stress Analyst Competition

Daniel Mulvihill, a D.Phil. student in the Department of Engineering Science and Hertford College, has won first prize in the Young Stress Analyst Competition for 2011. The prize is awarded annually to young researchers by the British Society for Strain Measurement (BSSM).

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Mobile phones offer heart lifeline

Technology that turns low-cost mobile phones into sophisticated stethoscopes could save thousands of lives in poor countries.

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Industry sponsored graduate wins national prize for thesis

Charles Bibby, (Lady Margaret Hall 2004, Engineering Science; Worcester College 2010, DPhil in Engineering Science) was recently awarded the Sullivan Prize for ‘the best doctoral thesis submitted to a UK University, in the field of computer or natural vision’. The competition was organised by the British Machine Vision Association (BMVA). Charles, whose DPhil was sponsored by Servowatch Systems UK, received a certificate and £500.

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Breast cancer patients and clinicians benefit from technological developments

The Cognitive Science and Systems Group (COSSAC), comprising a team from the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and London’s Royal Free Hospital, has developed a number of software technologies to help clinicians decide how to treat their breast cancer patients based on techniques from mathematical logic. One of these has reached the point at which applications are being made available within the NHS, and in the not too distant future, individual patients will also be able to access the software to get personalised healthcare advice.

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Mattias Heinrich receives prestigious MICCAI Young Scientist Award

The Department’s Biomedical Engineering DPhil student, Mattias Heinrich (St Hilda’s College), has just won one of the prestigious Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) Young Scientist Awards at the 2011 MICCAI Conference in Toronto for his paper titled: “Non-local shape descriptor: a new similarity metric for deformable multi-modal registration”. The MICCAI Conference is the most important conference in the field of medical image analysis.

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Technology for Smarter Transport

Last December, the Department of Engineering Science announced the handing over of the multi-million pound ‘Wildcat,’ a driverless vehicle, from BAE Systems to the Department’s research team led by Professor Paul Newman. This week Professor Newman’s team showcased the ‘Wildcat’ car with spatial awareness and the ability to navigate and drive itself.

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Success for the Department at this year’s SET Awards

One winner and two finalists from the University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science were announced at the 2011 Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) awards ceremony, which took place last month at the Millennium Hotel, in Grosvenor Square, London. The SET Awards are Europe’s most important Science, Engineering and Technology awards for undergraduates. Congratulations to finalists Kirsty McNaught and Scott McLaughlan, and to Mark Baker who was winner of ‘The Airbus Award for the Best Aeronautical Engineering Student’.

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Professor Darton gets second term as European Federation of Chemical Engineering President

Richard Darton, who is Professor of Engineering Science here at Oxford, a former head of the Department of Engineering Science and a Fellow of Keble College, is to serve a second two-year term as President of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE). Professor Darton, ICHEME Fellow and former president, was voted in unanimously at the recent EFCE General Assembly in Berlin.

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The 2011 IET Ambition and Achievement Awards

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Europe’s largest membership organisation for engineers and technicians and the largest engineering institution in the UK, recently held its annual Ambition and Achievement Awards ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel in London. The ceremony was hosted by Liz Bonnin, television presenter on BBC's ‘Bang Goes the Theory’ programme. Amongst the 30 prize winners were three individuals from the Department of Engineering Science: Dr David Clifton, who received the IET’s early-career prize for biomedical engineering; Sandira Gayadeen, who was awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship for an Outstanding Researcher; Philip Sibson, who received an Undergraduate Scholarship.

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Acoustical Society of America recognises Professor Coussios' 'contributions to biomedical ultrasound'

Congratulations to Constantin Coussios, Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Department, who has been selected as this year's recipient of the prestigious Acoustical Society of America R. Bruce Lindsay Award.

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London 2012 Olympic athlete launches new running biomechanics service

This month Jo Pavey, three-time Olympian and the first British athlete to qualify for London 2012, launched a new, private running biomechanics service at the Oxford Gait Laboratory – a joint initiative by the Department of Engineering Science and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

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Professor Lionel Tarassenko awarded CBE

Congratulations to Professor Lionel Tarassenko who has been awarded the CBE for services to engineering, in the New Year Honours List.

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Engineering Science Graduate wins Australian Professional Engineer of the Year Award

Dr Jane Sargison, a post-graduate of the Department of Engineering Science (Jesus College, Oxford, 1998) and currently working as a Senior Engineer with international engineering environmental consultants, BMT WBM, in Australia, recently won the National Australian Professional Engineer of the Year Award.

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Recognition of Distinction

University of Oxford's Recognition of Distinction Committee has conferred the title of "Professor of Engineering Science" on four academics in the Department of Engineering Science

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The Chinese Xinhai Friendship Award

Last month Professor Zhanfeng Cui, Donald Pollock Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Department of Engineering Science, was honoured with the ‘Xinhai Friendship Award’ in Dalian, China. This was announced by the Mayor of Dalian People’s Government as Professor Cui was not able to attend the ceremony.

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The Royal Aeronautical Society honours Professor Terence Jones for lifetime contributions to Aerospace

Professor Terry Jones has been awarded the prestigious Silver Medal by the Royal Aeronautical Society for his lifetime contributions to Aerospace. Professor Jones led the Department of Engineering Science Turbo-machinery Research Group from 1988 to 2005 and was responsible for many engineering innovations, which include the invention of the Isentropic Light Piston Tunnel (ILPT) used for turbine research.

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Inaugural lecture marks milestone for the Department of Engineering Science

For the first time in over 30 years the Department of Engineering Science staged an inaugural lecture. On 17th January the Department celebrated the appointment of Constantin-C Coussios as Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Examination Schools. The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Andrew Hamilton, presided at Professor Coussios’ inaugural lecture, which was titled: “Engineering non-invasive therapy and drug delivery”. The lecture was followed by a reception and dinner at Magdalen College.

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RAE - Engineering Leadership Advanced Awards 2012

Congratulations to the Department’s third year undergraduates, Julian Austin (Worcester College), Tanya Sen (Trinity College), Juliet Raperport (New College) and Jian Min Sim (St Edmund Hall), for receiving this year’s Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) “Engineering Leadership Advanced Awards”.

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Prestigious Rank Award for Professor Andrew Zisserman

Andrew Zisserman, Professor of Computer Vision Engineering with the Department, has been awarded the prestigious Rank Optoelectonics Prize for "outstanding contributions to modern computer vision" by the Rank Prize Funds.

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YASA Motors wins UK’s Best Enterprise Award

YASA Motors has been named the UK’s Best Enterprise in the Lloyds TSB/Telegraph Enterprise Awards and wins £50,000. Dr Tim Woolmer, YASA’s Founder and Chief Technology Officer, invented the motor for his DPhil project at Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science. The motor is lighter, smaller and, ultimately, cheaper to produce than its rivals.

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Engineering Science students invited to design for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider

In April, eleven Engineering Science students in their third year were invited to the CERN laboratory in Geneva to present their ideas for new vacuum chamber designs for the experiments of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Their design objectives were to propose alternatives to beryllium – the material used for some of the existing experimental vacuum chambers. Beryllium (chemical element with the symbol Be and atomic number 4) is toxic, expensive, difficult to machine and join, and can have associated health problems if personnel were exposed to the element in a particle form caused by damage to a chamber.

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National CTO of the Korean Government and former CEO of Samsung visits Oxford

In May, the Department of Engineering Science hosted a special visit by Dr Chang-Gyu Hwang who is the National Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Head of the Office of Strategic R & D Planning in the Ministry of Knowledge Economy with the Government of the Republic of Korea. Dr Hwang was previously President and CEO of Samsung Electronics.

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We are all rooting for PEGGIE in the international Shell Eco-Marathon

This weekend those in the Department of Engineering Science won’t be the only ones rooting for the vehicle, PEGGIE, to win the Shell Eco-Marathon, an international challenge for energy-efficient vehicles, to be held in Rotterdam…all of Oxford will be watching too!

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Impressive debut performance by PEGGIE!

Following last week's news item, the Department of Engineering Science is proud to announce that PEGGIE finished in 12th position out of 21 entries in the battery electric vehicle competition class of the Shell Eco-Marathon in Rotterdam. The Eco-Marathon is an international competition that challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test energy efficient vehicles. In terms of vehicle efficiency PEGGIE achieved 366 km/kWh.

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Lubbock Day 2012: Thursday, 24th May

With the London Olympics just a couple of months from now and the Olympic torch relay underway, this year’s 38th Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture provided a fascinating insight into the construction of the multi-billion pound London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Park.

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The 2012 Sloane Robinson Scholarship

This year the Sloane Robinson Foundation has awarded a scholarship to graduate, Su Yi Zhang who is undertaking the Department of Engineering Science's MSc course in Biomedical Engineering.

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"Smart" water pumps for Africa

Oxford Engineers team up with Geography to make "smart" water pumps for Africa

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Facebook for animals' tested on birds

A new way of analysing the social networks that link individual animals to each other has been tested on wild great tits by Oxford University researchers. The research team, supported by Microsoft Research, consisted of Ioannis Psorakis, Stephen Roberts and Iead Rezek from the Department of Engineering Science and Ben Sheldon of the Department of Zoology.

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Professor Coussios receives Lizzi award from the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound

Constantin Coussios, Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Department, has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Frederic Lizzi Early Career Award by the International Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU).

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International recognition for the Department of Engineering Science's EWH team

The Department’s Engineering World Health (EWH) team led by Dr Gari Clifford, researching low-cost blood pressure measurement technology, has won the Best Innovation Leveraging Technology Award in the international Dell Social Innovation Challenge – a prize of $10,000 to help bring the device to market.

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Biomedical Engineering initiative announced as a finalist in global health competition

The GSMA, in collaboration with the Qtel Group and Qualcomm Incorporated, recently announced that the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering initiative, BabeeMon, took second place in its inaugural Mobile Health University Challenge.

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The 2012 Oxford Medtronic Lecture – Thursday, 21st June

For the last five years Medtronic, the global leader in medical technology, has supported the education and research of biomedical engineering across the Atlantic. Medtronic graduate scholarships, especially promoting women, and the Oxford Medtronic Lectureship have played a key part in encouraging the exchange of ideas in biomedical engineering between universities in the United States and Europe.

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Dr Martin Booth receives prestigious SAOT Young Researcher Award

Congratulations to Dr Martin Booth, EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow of the Department of Engineering Science, who has won this year’s prestigious Young Researcher Award of the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technology (SAOT) , for his pioneering contributions in adaptive optics for microscopy and photonic engineering.

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Headstart for Sixth Formers

This year the Department of Engineering Science ran its sixteenth Headstart residential course for sixth formers from throughout the UK. The programme included practical problem-solving activities, team projects, industrial site visits, lectures and tours of laboratories - including a gala dinner at Hertford College.

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Oxford spin-out provides software to monitor vital signs via webcam

A new Oxford spin-out, OxeHealth, spun out from Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, will allow a patient’s health to be monitored using a webcam and a software application.

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Professor Tarassenko is first Chief Advisor for new Open Access Journal

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced the appointment of Professor Lionel Tarassenko as the first of a team of Chief Advisors who will support and promote 'The Journal of Engineering', the IET’s new open access publication, due for launch in 2013. The decision to establish an international team of Chief Advisors reflects the broad scope and global reach of the new journal which will provide open access to essential engineering intelligence.

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The 2012 Sir Henry Royce Award for Technical Innovation

Dr Marko Bacic (and his colleagues Stephen Garner and Arthur Rowe), who works for Rolls-Royce and is an Oxford University Research Lecturer, recently received the prestigious 2012 Sir Henry Royce Award for Technical Innovation for work on model-based detection system for confirmation of Intermediate Pressure (IP) shaft failure on three-spool engines.

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International recognition for Professor Alison Noble

Congratulations to Professor Alison Noble FREng, Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Engineering Science, who has been elected a Fellow of the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions Society (MICCAI)

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Royal Academy of Engineering headquarters is named Prince Philip House

The Royal Academy of Engineering announced that its newly renovated 'Forum for Engineering' in London is to be named Prince Philip House, in honour of its Senior Fellow HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who formally opened the building on Carlton House Terrace on Tuesday, 16th October 2012.

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Distinguished Science Award

Congratulations to John Allen, Professor of Engineering Science (Emeritus), who recently received a Distinguished Scientist Award at the “International Topical Conference on Plasma Science: Advanced Plasma Concepts” held in Faro, Portugal.

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New metamaterials technology offers a cable-free lifestyle

Dr Chris Stevens and his research team from Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science have developed a new technology that allows devices such as mobile phones and cameras to both charge and transmit data without cables. Current applications target smaller, low power devices. However, employed on a larger scale, this technology might eliminate the need for power and data cables altogether. Isis Innovation Ltd, the University of Oxford’s research commercialisation company, is working with Dr Chris Stevens to bring the technology to market.

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Engineering Leadership Advanced Award

Congratulations to the Department’s third year undergraduate, Neil Alliston (Worcester College), for receiving one of this year’s Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) "Engineering Leadership Advanced Awards".

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The 2012-2013 Sloane Robinson Scholarships

This year the Sloane Robinson Foundation has awarded two scholarships to graduates, Marisol Martinez-Alanis from Mexico and Qian Cheng from China, who are undertaking the Department of Engineering Science's MSc course in Biomedical Engineering.

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Winners of the 2012 IET Ambition and Achievement Awards

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Europe’s largest membership organisation for engineers and technicians and the largest engineering institution in the UK, recently held its annual Healthcare Technologies Network Lecture and its Ambition and Achievement Awards ceremony in London.

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Energy technology research collaborations between Oxford and Korea – a vision for the future

The Department of Engineering Science hosted two special visits recently by the Republic of Korea’s three largest energy technology institutes and by Mr Suk-Hwan Park, Korea’s Ambassador to the UK.

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Winner of the 2012 Salters’ Institute Award

The Salters’ Institute offers up to ten prizes, each of £1,000, to final-year undergraduates studying at UK universities. Candidates are expected to obtain a First Class Honours Degree in either Chemistry or Chemical Engineering in the Summer of 2012. The Department of Engineering Science is delighted to announce that this year David Adler (Oriel College) has won the Salters' Graduate Prize in Chemical Engineering.

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The 2012 New Civil Engineer Graduate of the Year Awards

Andrew Mather (Keble College), who graduated with a first class honours degree from the Department of Engineering Science, was one of the finalists for this year’s New Civil Engineer (NCE) Graduate of the Year. The NCE magazine’s Awards recognise the best and brightest graduates that demonstrate strong academic and practical achievements in their career combined with putting into practice what they learned at University.

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Father and Son are ‘High-flyers’

This month, the Department’s Turbomachinery Research Group hosted a ‘flying’ visit from Ian Whittle (former Boeing 747 Captain and son of Sir Frank Whittle).

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Department Graduate heads up new £38 million Centre

The Government recently announced that The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) will establish and manage a new £38 million centre to encourage innovative solutions in the UK healthcare market. Nigel Perry FREng, who has an MA in Engineering Science from this Department (St Peter’s College, Oxford), is Chief Executive of CPI.

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Biomedical Engineering Project Wins Top Global Healthcare Award

Congratulations to the Department’s Biomedical Engineering MSc student, Will Carspecken (Worcester College), who has won first prize from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his paper on the “Telespiro”, co-authored with Carlos Arteta (DPhil candidate in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation) and his supervisor, Dr Gari Clifford. Will Carspecken presented his paper at this year’s IEEE Point-Of-Care Healthcare Technologies Conference in Bangalore, India. The IEEE is the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology.

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Research into the next generation of mobile devices

The Departments of Engineering Science and Materials have been awarded a three year research contract worth approximately US$1.5m over three years by Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) to open a new paradigm of flexible energy storage and generation systems.

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New president of MICCAI

Professor Alison Noble FREng, the Department's Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, has been elected President of the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) Society.

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New milestone in the life of the 'auto-drive Robotcar'

The Department of Engineering Science Mobile Robotics Group, led by Professor Paul Newman and Dr Ingmar Posner, recently announced the development of a new navigation system that enables a car to ‘drive itself’ for stretches of a route – taking the strain off drivers during a busy commute or school run.

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Life-saving engineering at its best

In a world first, a human liver has been 'kept alive' and functioning on a machine outside the patient's body. So far the procedure has been performed on two patients on the liver transplant waiting list and both are making excellent recoveries.

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The 2013 Oxford London Lecture

This year's prestigious, annual Oxford London Lecture, hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, was given by Professor Paul Newman of Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science, and supported by the Romanes Fund and The Guardian newspaper.

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First winners of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

The first winners of the £1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering are five engineers who created the Internet and the World Wide Web. The announcement was made by Lord Browne of Madingley in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal at the Royal Academy of Engineering on 18 March 2013. The winners will come to London in June 2013 for the formal presentation of the prize by Her Majesty The Queen.

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2014 Rankine Lecture

Professor Guy Houlsby, the Head of the Department of Engineering Science, has been invited by the British Geotechnical Association to deliver the 2014 Rankine Lecture, the most prestigious of the invited lectures in geotechnical engineering.

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The 6th RV Jones Distinguished Lecture in Engineering at Aberdeen University

In April the 6th RV Jones Distinguished Lecture in Engineering on "Tidal Power: Opportunities for the UK" was delivered by the Head of the Department of Engineering Science, Professor Guy Houlsby.

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Engineering Science students present design work at CERN

In April twelve students were invited to visit CERN to present the work from their third year design projects.

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Lubbock Day 2013: Wednesday, 15th May

Mr Stefano Domenicali, Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal, delivered the 39th Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture on 15th May. The Department’s two main lecture theatres were full to hear the lecture titled “Ferrari”, with over 300 representatives from industry, the University’s alumni community, government, and schools from Oxfordshire.

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Bubble technology for Drug Delivery

Dr Eleanor Stride, University Lecturer at the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, describes how the bubble technology she is developing can be used to diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses such as stroke and cancer. Many more potential uses are in the pipeline, including for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and depression.

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PEGGIE wins the Technical Innovation Award

Congratulations to the Department's researchers in the Energy and Power Group and their partners at the Oxford Martin School who have won the Technical Innovation Award ahead of nearly 200 other teams for developing an Android app. This app maps the efficiency of the motor in real time for the driver, a reconfigurable photovoltaic array that allows optimisation of the solar energy use, and a clutch mechanism that allows regeneration braking while free-wheeling.

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The First Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Lecturer Seminar

In May, the Department’s first Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Lecturer Seminar was delivered by Professor Mathias Fink, Professor of Physics, École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI) de la ville de Paris & Collège de France and Member of French Academy of Sciences. He is also the Founder and Director of the Laboratory Ondes et Acoustique at ESPCI that in 2009 became the Langevin Institute.

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Dr Eleanor Stride receives 2013 R. Bruce Lindsay Award of the Acoustical Society of America

The R. Bruce Lindsay Award is given annually by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) to a single researcher under the age of 35 across all fields of acoustics, who has made a significant research contribution to the field. Dr Stride received this prestigious award for ‘contributions to biomedical applications of acoustic bubbles’, with particular reference to the development of ultrasound-responsive microbubbles that can be guided and trapped under the effect of an externally applied magnetic field.

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Athena SWAN Award recognises careers of women in academia

Engineering Science is one of four departments at Oxford University that has been presented with an Athena SWAN bronze award in recognition of its efforts to help promote and advance the careers of women in academia. Accepting the Award on behalf of the Department at a recent ceremony in Edinburgh, was Professor Alison Noble, Director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

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Two Engineering Science Professors awarded the OBE

Congratulations to both Professor Peter Dobson and Professor Alison Noble, who have been awarded an OBE in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of their services to Engineering Science.

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New report on "Engineering evidence for safer medical devices"

On 19th June, Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci, from the Department of Engineering Science, gave the keynote lecture at the Royal Academy of Engineering event on "Innovation in medical technologies". At this event a new report was launched: "Engineering evidence for safer medical devices".

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Helping to make the world’s most efficient civil turbofan

Rolls-Royce jet engines are being used on the Airbus A350, which had its first flight on Friday, 14th June in Toulouse. Rolls-Royce has collaborated with the Osney Thermo-Fluids Laboratory, part of the Engineering Science Department at Oxford University, in the development of technology used in the Trent XWB engine. Research performed in the University Technology Centre (UTC) in Heat Transfer in Aerodynamics and Heat Transfer and the UTC in Solid Mechanics have helped make the Trent XWB the world's most efficient civil turbofan.

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Honorary degrees awarded at Encaenia

Eight leading figures from the worlds of science, law, history, and the arts have received honorary degrees at Encaenia, Oxford University’s annual honorary degree ceremony. Mr Colin Smith, Director of Engineering and Technology at Rolls-Royce plc, was made Doctor of Science.

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Success of Headstart for Sixth Formers continues

This year the Department of Engineering Science ran its 17th Headstart residential course for sixth formers from throughout the UK. The programme included practical problem-solving activities, team projects, industrial site visits, lectures and tours of laboratories. On their last evening, Headstart students attended a gala dinner at Hertford College.

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Sloane Robinson scholars' report on their MSc research

This year’s two Sloane Robinson scholars, Marisol Martinez Alanis (St Catherine’s College) and Qian Cheng (St Hilda’s College), recently met with Mr George Robinson at the Department of Engineering Science prestigious Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture. They are now nearing the completion of their MSc in Biomedical Engineering and give an insight into their research projects…

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Pentland Firth turbines could generate 'almost half of Scotland’s electricity'

A new study reveals that tidal turbines stretched across Pentland Firth, which separates the Orkney Islands from mainland Scotland, could generate up to 1.9 gigawatts (GW) of power - equivalent to almost half of Scotland's electricity needs.

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Multi-million-pound boost for Oxford research in 'great technologies'

Oxford University projects on robotics, advanced materials, and energy storage have received a multi-million-pound boost thanks to an £85m national investment in technologies to drive UK growth.

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Professor Zhanfeng CUI elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Many congratulations to Professor Zhanfeng Cui (the Department’s Donald Pollock Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director of the Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing, and Fellow of Hertford College) who has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE). This is a richly deserved recognition of Professor Cui’s contributions to engineering.

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The Royal Academy of Engineering awards new Research Fellowship

Dr. David Clifton has been awarded a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship. The advanced fellowships, which are highly competitive (with two or three applications permitted per university), provide support for five years to outstanding researchers to enable them to establish independent research groups that are useful to industry or society.

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Vince Cable visits Begbroke Science Park

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, visited Begbroke Science Park this month and heard about the need to attract more people to study engineering. He gained an insight into some of the challenges facing Oxfordshire businesses, including recruiting graduates with the right skills and learnt how University innovation is being turned into new business ideas.

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Academic Consortium enters joint venture with DONG Energy

The academic consortium, led by Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science and including Imperial College London and University College Dublin, will investigate, along with DONG Energy and its partners, how offshore wind turbine foundations can be designed more effectively in the future. This work is a unique research and development project aimed at reducing the cost of energy from offshore wind turbines.

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Tiny sensor in pills could save the NHS millions

Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci, from the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, has been working with colleagues from the Medical Sciences Division on the first UK clinical trials of a ‘texting pill’ that contains a tiny silicon sensor, which triggers the sending of a text to say the pill has been swallowed. This follows a UK study, which found that £300 million a year is spent on medicines that end up being thrown away. Part of the wastage is due to people not taking medication, called ‘non-compliance’.

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Rolls-Royce Director visits world class Thermo-Fluids Laboratory

The Department of Engineering Science recently hosted a visit from Dr Colin Smith, Director or Engineering and Technology at Rolls-Royce, to its Southwell Laboratory in Osney Mead, Oxford. Dr Smith had visited the building several years ago when it was first acquired by the Department and during his visit this time, he was able to see that it is now full of world class operational research facilities.

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Rodolfo Fleury wins Young Stress Analyst Prize

Rodolfo Fleury, a DPhil student in the Department of Engineering Science and St Edmund Hall, has won first prize in the Young Stress Analyst Competition for 2013. The prize is awarded annually to young researchers by the British Society for Strain Measurement (BSSM).

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Origami engineering inspires ‘Plate House’ refugee shelter

The Plate House is the first application of a new, folded shell structural system that in the future could be used by the UNHCR to house displaced refugees. It has been developed by Joe Gattas, a DPhil student in the Department of Engineering Science Special Structures Group, which is headed by Dr Zhong You. Joe’s inspiration comes from working in the emerging research discipline called origami engineering.

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New study shows nearly half of US jobs at risk of computerisation

A new study titled: “The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?,” by Dr Michael A. Osborne from Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science and Dr Carl Benedikt Frey of the Oxford Martin School, estimates that 47 percent of jobs in the US are “at risk” of being automated in the next 20 years.

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Alexander Hunt wins the 2013 SET Maritime Technology Award

Congratulations to Alexander Hunt (Worcester College) who has won this year’s Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year (SET) Award. Alexander won the Lloyd's Register Foundation Award for the Best Maritime Technology Student, which was judged by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

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David Clifton receives Foreign and Commonwealth Office Award

Dr David Clifton, a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in the Department of Engineering Science Institute of Biomedical Engineering, has been recognised in the 2013 Development Awards given annually by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), for work in the Southeast Asia region. This Award comes with a bursary.

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Royal Society announces prestigious University Research Fellowship

The Royal Society has announced the appointment of Dr Alfonso Arturo Castrejon-Pita, who recently joined Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science, as one of 41 new University Research Fellows (URFs) for 2013.

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Major boost for imaging technologies that improve cancer treatments

Recent research by the Department’s Biomedical Image Analysis (BioMedIA) Group, co-directed by Dr Julia Schnabel, played a key role in the University’s Oxford Cancer Imaging Centre receiving a multi-million pound boost as part of a national initiative to improve cancer treatments.

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"Objects of Invention" inspire engineers, schoolchildren, parents and teachers

Over the last twelve months, students from the Department of Engineering Science have participated in "Objects of Invention", a new initiative at Oxford University’s Museum of the History of Science.

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology 2013 William James Award Winner

Congratulations to the Department's DPhil student, Joachim Behar, for winning this year's prestigious Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) 2013 William James Award. This month Joachim was presented with a prize, a plaque and a certificate in recognition of his work on "Non invasive foetal electrocardiography" at the IET Achievement Awards Ceremony in London.

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Two prestigious MICCAI Young Scientist Awards

Two researchers from the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering have each received one of this year’s prestigious Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) Young Scientist Awards at the 2013 MICCAI Conference in Nagoya, Japan. The MICCAI Conference is one of the most important conferences in the field of medical image analysis.

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Major boost for research into stem cell therapy and tissue engineering

The Department of Engineering Science research programme in the field of stem cell therapy and tissue engineering has received a major boost thanks to a £1.5m investment by China Bio-Med Regeneration Technology Limited (CBMRT).

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Announcement of the 2013-2014 Sloane Robinson Foundation Scholarships

This year the Sloane Robinson Foundation has awarded two scholarships to graduates undertaking the Department of Engineering Science’s MSc course in Biomedical Engineering. The two students are Thaís Roque (Jesus College) from Brazil and Ritankar Das (Lincoln College) from India.

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